In this new year, I'm embarking on a new learning adventure. In addition to my language lessons, I've started a year-long training program in women's wellness with Lisa Grace Byrne. So curious to see where this experience will lead! Right now, the training is in week one. I'm already a bit behind due to a minor sinus infection that moved into my chest and knocked me down, but I feel recovery in progress (thank you, feisty immune system!). My enrolment was prompted in a few different ways. I have participated in other courses with Lisa, and her words resonate with me; however, I'm remiss on implementation. I feel ready to change that, and I wanted to buckle down for a year and really focus on the details. I also really enjoy teaching and sharing. I see women in my current community facing a lot of the same self-care needs, and I believe we could all benefit from wellness training face-to-face rather than online or from a book (which as I can attest are too easily discarded when needed).
In the meantime, I've been trying to figure out just how I want to go about blogging. I miss it too much when I'm not blogging to just stop completely as I had done in recent months, but I know the modern concept of blogging -- creation of fully functional, picture-perfect website and branding -- is simply not me. It's not what I enjoy creating. I blog to write, share, and connect. As a person who moves every two to four years, I find it fulfilling to be a part of an online community that thankfully does not have to be reinvented with such frequency as my physical community. Yet so many of the blogs I have enjoyed for years have also dropped off in the past months. It's like the old-school web-loggers all collectively threw in the towel, surrendering to those who grew tremendously and became successful brands. I don't say this bitterly (hats off to them! so wonderful to find success doing what they love!), but it has been disappointing to watch my online community dwindle and fade.
Lately, I find myself very inspired by the blog style by Erin of Design for Mankind. The site is clean and fresh, and the posts are in the format of personal essays. She includes pictures, but only a few per post. While we haven't met so I can't really say for certain, her posts come across to me as personal and purposeful, written with intention that is hers. Even if the posts are sponsored, I still feel as though I've visited a friend who is sharing a find and a why. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I hope she won't mind if I experiment with her style, if I try it on and see how it fits. I really want a new site too. It's like buying new school supplies at the beginning of the year (I always love that!). For a truly fresh start, it feels so good to get everything new and shiny.
So…just some ideas I'm playing with these days.
Are you pondering any shifts or changes in your year to come?
Hooray for doing what we love!